by CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
What you need
Around 100 yards, of bright colored worsted weight yarn or 8 ply (self-striping yarn or make stripes from your stash)
Pair of size 9 US (5.5 mm) knitting needles
Yarn needle for sewing up
Cast on 74 sts.
Work in k1, p1 ribbing for 6 rows.
Work in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) until piece measures 7 inches (18 cm) from cast on edge, ending with a purl row.
Next row, k2tog across. 37 stitches remain.
P 1 row.
K2tog across, ending k1. 19 stitches.
Cut a 12″ (30 cm) length of yarn and thread it on a yarn needle.
Carefully pull the last row of knitting from the needle and thread the needle through every stitch. Pull tightly then whip stitch the seam shut.
Add a Pom Pom or flower to the beanie if desired and it is complete.